Putting the Coca Back Into Coke

Somehow this doesn’t surprise me at all:

A certain US soft drinks giant may disagree, but Bolivia has come up with a fizzy beverage it says is the real thing: Coca Colla.

The drink, made from the coca leaf and named after the indigenous Colla people from Bolivia’s highlands, went on sale this week across the South American country.

I’m just wondering if people are going to pronounce it’s name phonetically or just call it Coca Cola.

Putting the Coca Back Into Coke

Cocaine Bar in La Paz

The Guardian has an interesting article about a cocaine bar in La Paz. It, of course, reflexively blames Evo as setting a “national example” which encourages cocaine production and use. Foreign Policy’s Passport blog questions this dubious claim.

Update:

T’anta Wawa rips into the foolishness on display in this article. Choice quote:

The title of the piece is ‘The world’s first cocaine lounge’, which you could say was the first indication that the hyperbole of the article doesn’t quite live up to reality. World’s first? What, really? Has Mr Franklin ever been backstage at a music or film industry awards do? Has he ever been to some of the wilder parties in Bogotá, or even L.A?

Read it all here.

Cocaine Bar in La Paz